End 2012 with Drinks Around The World

Drinks From Around The WorldSeriously, who wouldn’t love to celebrate NYE  around the world without having to hop on a plane?! Well think globally and drink locally by creating your very own “cocktail wonderland”. Oh and before you hurry off to “Carry On and Drink” I’d like to share three of my  lessons learned  tips to get through your New Year festivities:

  1. Don’t Drink and Drive. Find a designated driver, a friends couch or just get a room.
  2. Enjoy food in between drinks. To ease the potential hangover (let’s not speak this one into existence!) I’ve included some “in country” popular meal options.
  3. Unless you want to wake up hugging the toilet the next day, don’t mix and mingle dark and light liquor. Take a little sample, taste and decide upon your guilty pleasure for the night! If you start sipping light end sipping light!

Do you have any favorite cocktails from around the world? Please. Do Share! Bottoms up & ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!!!

Singapore

Singapore signature “Singapore Sling”. Truly a girly girl’s drink, but if made right, the boys surely will love this one! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Gin
  • Cherry Brandy
  • Grenadine
  • Triple Sec
  • Benedictine Dom
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • A dash of Angostura Bitter

Get the full recipe at www.gadling.com.
Ease the hangover with Fried Hokkien mee.  A cheap local favorite at Hawker Stalls in Singapore. This greasy tasty bowl of goodness is sure to prevent or help cure a hangover! This dish consists of thick yellow egg noodles mixed with rice vermicelli are cooked in a rich seafood stock, and tossed with prawns, squid, small strips of pork belly and deep-fried lard pieces.

Spain

Add a twist to the classic Sangria with White Wine Sangria Jello Shots.

Image courtesy of http://jelly-shot-test-kitchen.blogspot.com/

Image courtesy of http://jelly-shot-test-kitchen.blogspot.com/

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • White wine (use what you have on hand, chardonnay, sav blanc, pino grigio, etc.)
  • Chopped fruit
  • Water
  • Frozen lemonade concentrate
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Club soda (or lemon lime soda, sparkling lemonade, etc)
  • Knox gelatin (1/2 envelope = about 1 tsp gelatin powder)
  • Cointreau
  • Vodka

Another around the year favorite :). Get the full recipe at jellyshottestkitchenblogspot.com.
Ease the hangover with Paella. A savory yellow rice is combined with shellfish, squid, clams and chicken, tomatoes, onions, and peas.

Puerto Rico 

Coquito. I drink this deliciously creamy Puerto Rican Egg Nog all year-long.

Coquito

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • White Rum
  • Eggs
  • Cream of coconut
  • Condensed milk
  • Evaporated milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cloves and cinnamon

Get the full recipe at allrecipes. com.
Ease the hangover with Mofongo. Fried green mashed plantains filled with  vegetables, chicken, crab, shrimp or beef in a light savory sauce. 

Mexico

Celebrate with a Margarita. Choose your passion. From strawberry to melon the flavors  are endless! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tequila
  • Triple sec
  • Lime juice

Get the full recipe at drinkmixer.com.
Ease the hangover with Chicken Nachos. For obvious reasons everyone’s favorite!

New Orleans

Hurricane. A Classic popular N’awlins drink. Take a tip from me…this one is guaranteed to sneak up on ya!
NO hurricane
Image courtesy of deepsouthmag.com

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Light rum
  • Dark rum
  • Passion fruit juice
  • Orange juice
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Grenadine
  • Orange slice and cherry for garnish

Get the full recipe at newsorleansonline.com
Ease the hangover with Yaka Mein. A savory soup of Cantonese-style beef brisket, spaghetti noodles, in a broth seasoned with soy sauce and Creole spices, and topped with a hard-boiled egg. Surely if you’re in New Orleans you must hunt down Ms Linda Green aka the  “Yakamein Lady.”

Italy

Add a twist to the classic Italian Cocktail Bellini and try a Peach Bellini.

Image courtesy of http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/2011/08/just-peachy/

Image courtesy of http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/2011/08/just-peachy/

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Peach puree
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Peach schnapps
  • Prosecco
  • Peaches wedges – to garnish {optional}

Get the full recipe at the noviceblog.com
Ease the hangover with an Italian- Style grilled cheese sandwich. A classic twist to a grilled cheese sandwich. Made with mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced vegetables like zucchini, tomato, red onion, and basil.

Africa

Amarula Latte. Another  favorite of yours truly :-).  This tasty drink can be served hot or cold. Here’s what you will need:

  • Strong, hot coffee
  • Steamed milk
  • Amarula
I found, tested and “Kandia approved” a great recipe at fullmeasureofhappiness.com.
Ease the hangover with Malva Pudding. A sweet traditional African Pudding. During my travels through Africa, I had the pleasure of tasting this deadly delicious dessert. It’s a moist spongy texture typically served warm and is  perfect with a glass of  Amurula. 
 
Need more drink ideas…Check out my “Sip” Pinterest Board!!
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